Eat Dessert First

Eat Dessert FirstWhy is the latest addition to the burgeoning Little Italy food scene, iDessert, creating a delicious stir around San Diego? Because this futuristic ice-cream shop lets anyone be their own culinary mastermind! Founded by “The Best Pastry Chef of France” and Food Network Star, Jean-Philippe Maury, iDessert offers an interactive dining experience unlike any other.

As soon as you walk in you’ll be greeted by friendly staff and interactive iPads that give you the power to be your own chef with a tap of a finger. Their step-by-step, digital menu allows you to choose from 20 crunchy meringue shells encapsulating a bed of one of their luscious cakes and creams, topped with one of their eight gelato or sorbet selections, all-real fruits, crunchy toppings and sauces. Not to mention, all of their ingredients are carefully chosen, natural and optionally gluten free!

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Town and Country Resort Renovation


Town and Country ResortTwo veteran hospitality executives with more than five decades of industry experience between them are poised to combine talents once more to oversee the massive $80 million renovation of San Diego’s landmark Town and Country Resort & Convention Center.

Tapped again by Destinations Hotels, Michael Slosser and Paul McCabe are the masterminds behind the $27 million renovation and repositioning of the Southern California boutique-style L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel. Slosser spearheaded the transformation from a dark and dated inn into a warm and inviting coastal retreat while McCabe launched its resoundingly successful Kitchen 1540 restaurant, garnering critical and public acclaim.

Next up, the duo has been tasked to reinvent Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, a Mission Valley mainstay.

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Beer Pairing Event at The Westgate

Beer Pairing Event at The WestgateThe Westgate Hotel and Modern Time Beer to Host BEERology on October 9

Beer Pairing Event will Feature Tastings of Special Release Brews, Bites and Educational Aspect

The Westgate Hotel and Modern Times Beer are partnering to present BEERology on Friday, October 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Riviera Terrace Fountain under the stars. Guests can expect to taste five hand-selected Modern Times brews, including two special releases, accompanied by perfectly paired appetizers created by the Westgate’s Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel.

The beer tastings will be led by Modern Times’ very own Phil MacNitt, known fondly in the industry as “The Beer Jesus,” and will include two special release beers (Lost Horizon Double IPA and the Fruitlands Sour Cherry Gose), two year-round beers (Lomaland Saison and Black House) and a seasonal beer (Aurora Red Rye IPA). Phil will discuss the San Diego craft beer scene, its history and tap into Modern Times’ aroma-driven beers that are often hybrid-style beers.

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Duke’s La Jolla Offers Playful Menu

Duke's La Jolla Offers Playful Menu

Duke’s honors Duke Kahanamoku, a native Hawaiian, the father of modern day surfing, and six-time Olympic swimming and water polo medalist. Guests will get a glimpse into the remarkable life of the restaurant’s namesake as well as tap into the La Jolla beach lifestyle.

The Duke’s La Jolla menus will celebrate the melting pot of cultures and cooking techniques of Hawaii and California. The menu items will be crafted to be playful and approachable, but with a thoughtful respect for traditions and a serious focus on all-natural ingredients and seasonal, locally-sourced products. Signature items will include: Tahitian Octopus cooked on a wood grill with smoked papaya, cucumber, lime and coconut milk, Charred Snap Peas with burnt pineapple vinaigrette and brie, Lilikoi Ceviche with coriander stem, tomato, avocado, Fresno chili, their famous Roasted Firecracker Fish with Suzie’s Farm cabbage, gailan, ginger sprouts and 24 Hour Kalbi Short Rib served with housemade kimchee, smoked potato salad and Kewpie yogurt.

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SOMMCOM Four Day Conference


San Diego-Based Conference Features 50 Educational Seminars, Certification Opportunities, Tasting Events and More This November 18-21, 2015

The glass is half-full for oenophiles with the debut of  SommCon ™  in San Diego, CA November 18-21, 2015 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Designed to offer wine industry professionals and serious enthusiasts convenient and affordable access to education and networking opportunities, SommCon™  launches with 50 sessions, and brings together some of the greatest thought leaders, entrepreneurs and artisans to discuss, develop and lead the conversation on the business of wine.

At the helm of SommCon™ is a group of over 25 industry experts dubbed “Team SommCon.” Together these industry leaders have had a role in the selection of SommCon’s education, sessions, workshops, tastings and certification offerings. Jesse Rodriguez, Advanced Sommelier and member of Team SommCon™ says that a forum for professionals to network, learn and share their knowledge is long overdue in Southern California.

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Where to Eat Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and GravyFrom September 6th to the 12th, get ready to loosen up that belt and indulge in a hearty serving of some of the south’s best comfort food right here in sunny San Diego for National Biscuits and Gravy Week!

Live the southern life, seaside at Backyard Kitchen & Tap in Pacific Beach. Order the Biscuit n’ Gravy, complete with homemade cheddar scallion biscuits, lusciously covered in creamy sausage gravy with any-styled eggs. Seriously hungry? Step it up and order the Chicken, Biscuit n’ Gravy with added free-range chicken cooked southern-style.

Biscuits and gravy tastes even better on a rooftop deck overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean, which is only one of the many highlights of Pacific Beach AleHouse.  Here, the classic southern dish is made with a crumbly cheddar onion biscuit and creamy sausage gravy, complete with eggs and your choice of bacon or sausage. Feeling stuffed? After your meal, take a relaxing stroll along the beach located a short minute’s walk away.

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